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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Import, September 11, 2006
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"Jack Baker" leads off the album and along with the Watts feature "Blakzilla" and "Black Elk Speaks" the music is very exciting and very much in the post bop tenor saxophone tradition. Often, Calderazzo and Revis become superfluous to the music, and Marsails and Watts break away and interact much like Coltrane and Jones at their most intense. The soprano saxophone features, "Hope," "Fate" and "O Solitude" are much more difficult for me to understand, as the music is taken at a very slow pace and requires a lot of patience to listen to and understand. Marsalis also has a very limpid tone on the soprano, which although quite individual and unique, is not something that reaches out and grabs your attention. So in the end, there is an interesting album which runs the gamut from very fast to very slow, becoming the tortoise and the hare simultaneously.
The other songs are great too - a very enjoyable album - but I just haven't found anything better than "Hope" in a long time.
The quartet is Branford Marsalis on saxophones, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Jeff Tain Watts on drums. They kick off the album with "Jack Baker", a burst of muscle and testosterone... maybe that's what the cover locker room photographs are all about... and I'm loving the main theme of the song but then the solos start and I just feel lost. It's not till the main theme is played again that I regain any sense of what's going on.
"Hope" and "Fate", written by Calderazzo and Marsalis respectively, are much more on my level, with rhythms and melodies I can actually get a handle on and these two tunes with the sombre "O Solitude" are worth the price of the CD all on their own.
The Watts-penned "Blackzilla", (written in 13/8 time, we're told), is to me, just a whirlwind of sounds and 100mph saxophone playing. It's probably my least favourite track on the album.
"Sir Roderick, The Aloof", written by Marsalis is another nice tune to listen to but the closer, "Black Elk Speaks", written Revis sounds to me like just more saxophone saying a lot but nothing I understand. It calms down a bit towards the middle, with lovely playing from Calderazzo but then it just breaks down again and I just feel like pressing the stop button.
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A nice listen that relaxes the mind. Great work from Brandford and the gang. A more mellow album that needs to be heard a few times to catch all the talent.Published on August 17, 2013 by Wendy K.
this CD will be a classic one day
beautiful music is the only thing
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